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Flying in the face of scientists' warnings, my wife and I allow our child to play with the iPad from time to time. She's outgrown most of the apps she previously played with -- does anyone have any recommendations for good puzzle, games, and educational apps that would be age-appropriate and interesting for a twenty-month-old? Thanks.
posted by gerryblog at 6:18 PM PST - 6 answers
What drives can/can't be connected (and in what order) to SATA-2 and SATA-3 motherboard ports? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 4:19 PM PST - 3 answers
I’m travelling with my significant other to New Orleans between December 29th and January 3rd, so we are looking for recommendations (food, bars, entertainment, etc.) Specific details and questions below the fold! [more inside]
posted by turniphead at 2:58 PM PST - 5 answers
My five year old has asked Santa for a toy kitty with soft fur that says "I'm hungry" in a tiny voice. [more inside]
posted by waving at 12:13 PM PST - 8 answers
Hi, my company has an online photo database I normally login with Chrome to view. I can't see any of the image preview thumbnails today for some reason and it's making me crazy. I've tried some different things and I'm out of ideas. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by rabu at 12:12 PM PST - 6 answers
I have herniated discs in my neck that have resulted in some nerve issues in my left arm, with my hand as the latest victim. Specifically the last three fingers on my left hand have not been 100% lately. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 11:40 AM PST - 13 answers
When I have tension or conflict with others, I get fixated on solving the problem immediately. This doesn't allow me or the person I'm having the trouble with to have time to think about things and deal with them logically and calmly. How can I learn to wait to resolve issues? [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 10:58 AM PST - 11 answers
I'm looking for a merchant in NYC who sells a good selection of French sparkling hard dry ciders (from Normandy and Brittany). Also great if said merchant has more diverse hard cider options (UK or Scandinavian etc.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 9:29 AM PST - 13 answers
Bluetapdole (who is 13) and I will be visiting NYC for a week in late december, early january. Help us make it a great, interesting trip. [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 8:57 AM PST - 5 answers
Please help me find grown up, monthly, gift subscriptions... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 8:24 AM PST - 20 answers
I'm graduating in the spring and have done well enough in my classes, but I don't feel like I really know how to *do* anything. Give me some direction? [more inside]
posted by revi at 1:42 AM PST - 10 answers
My grandmother loves the kinds of paperback best sellers that are commonly for sale at airports. Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, etc. I'm not very familiar with these authors or others like them, but I know that she would enjoy getting whatever the latest book by these kinds of authors as soon as it comes out. For Christmas I would like to sign her up for a subscription service, if something like this exists, that would mail her the newest novel in this category as soon as it comes out, or around once a month, or some such.
I think she would enjoy the fun of looking forward to a monthly delivery and not knowing what book will be inside. Is there a service like this that exists, that would make for a good gift? [more inside]
posted by pgswim at 11:52 PM PST - 6 answers
I have a two year old niece. Her mom is American, her pop is Finnish, and her auntie biscotti is Canadian. I wanted to send her tiny little versions of the TEAM SUOMI and Team Canada and maybe Team USA hockey jerseys because (a) OMG the cute and (b) so her parents can dress her appropriately for Sochi. I can't find them, except for old versions of the US one. But I refuse to believe that Canadians and Finns do not want to dress their tiny tots in hockey paraphernalia, so I have to think these are out there somewhere. Can someone help me? My Finnish is limited to race drivers and the word "lansigootansmanpystykorva" so I can't really search on Finnish sites.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 9:02 PM PST - 5 answers
I have a piece of a song stuck in my head and it's apparently not enough for google to be of any use. It's an 80's or 90's song, with a guy's voice sort of chanting "ooh ma ma way" in an african-y sounding way with a heavy bass line. I feel like it was used a lot in soundtracks to represent a journey or something like that, because it reminds me of solsbury hill. if anyone can name this song, i know it's you lovely mefites.
posted by carlypennylane at 7:21 PM PST - 8 answers
I am currently making this
recipe for chocolate-covered peanut butter balls.
Despite following the instructions to the letter, I cannot get these damn things to cohere in any way. What should I add to turn this delicious sugary peanut butter mush into the delicious little round balls it is SUPPOSED to be?
Not a very experienced or intuitive baker, so I can't tell whether it should be more dry or more wet or what. It's very...gooey.
Added frustration: I did the exact same thing yesterday and it worked perfectly, but apparently baking is like insanity in that you do the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Help please!
posted by like_a_friend at 4:27 PM PST - 14 answers
Should I quit my lucrative but VERY temporary job to take a job that pays worse, but is permanent, and better in several more ways? [more inside]
posted by tippy at 4:04 PM PST - 29 answers
Back in 2007 in San Francisco I was assaulted and had to have some not insignificant reconstructive surgery as a result. The cops were cops and declined to press charges because the guy lived a couple counties over even though I had multiple witnesses. I had a great (friend of a friend) pro bono lawyer who got me a civil judgement (in default) to the tune of $300k. However I've never seen a dime. The guy held no property on record and didn't even have a steady job with a paycheck from which I could garnish his wages. Clearly some time has passed and I'd like advice about looking into this again and seeing if I could actually get my hands on any of this money. I'd like to not bother my original lawyer as she did great by me, but made it clear that she had taken the case as far as she could. I know, YANML and YANAL, etc.
posted by matt_od at 3:16 PM PST - 15 answers
Due to penury/everyone already having everything they could want in life, I was going to go with homemade beauty products this year for the family gift exchange, Ladies will be receiving bath bombs, in various scents and colors. The men I'm related too wouldn't know what to do with a bath bomb if it...well, fizzed at them. What manly products - salves, oils, creams - could I easily make at home? Or what kinds of unisex self care will male-type folks happily use? [more inside]
posted by theweasel at 2:51 PM PST - 19 answers
I just started seeing a rheumatologist for my ankylosing spondylitis. She suggested a long term NSAID rather than just taking ibuprofen as I had been doing. She prescribed two options: diclofenac, which I tried, and Indomethacin, which I have not yet tried. I have questions about the new drug before I start it but my rheumatologist won't be able to respond for about a month. Should I see my family doctor or a pharmacist with questions about the new meds? Are either likely to be really familiar with a random medication?
posted by Naib at 1:38 PM PST - 12 answers
Back when radio stations were limited to AM/FM (no satellite, etc) I recall several occasions when individual stations in my area would alter a song if it suited their call letters. For example, WDRQ was referred as "the Q", and whenever they played Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" and got to the line "...or steal my daddy's cue" they'd stutter-repeat the word "cue" so it sounded like "Q-Q-Q". They would do the same with Brownsville Station's "Smoking in the Boys Room" ("the noon bell rings, you know that's my cue"). In a similar vein, whenever CKLW played "Fire" by the Pointer Sisters, in the line "I'm riding in your car, you turn on the radio" the word "radio" was replaced by the call letters "CKLW."
Is there any specific industry term for this practice? (And, if it's not too chat-filter-y, did stations in your area do this with particular songs?)
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:49 PM PST - 21 answers
Trying to keep bad hair under control throughout the work day without looking like I'm 12. Help? [more inside]
posted by gohabsgo at 12:20 PM PST - 21 answers
I work at a very small company, no HR or process of accountability. It's basically myself, the coworker, and the boss. The coworker is someone who's been with the company for over 40 years, and we absolutely need his abilities for the company to function, so there's no chance of his being fired or seriously punished. I've voiced complaints to the boss, threatened to quit, but nothing really changes. However, I have a feeling that my boss either doesn't totally believe me, or thinks that I'm being oversensitive. If I had video evidence of my coworker in the act, I think something effective would be done (for instance, he may decide that I could work from home on most days, which is something we have loosely discussed in the past). [more inside]
posted by Sine_Agraphia at 12:06 PM PST - 37 answers
I have owned a condo apartment for five years. I do not have a mortgage. My parents gave me the money to pay for it cash, and I pay them back at a rate $800 a month, no interest. The condo was not a gift as I'm fully expected to repay my parents. I suppose the "gift" was a loan with no interest. I want to move out and rent my place out. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ohmy at 9:53 AM PST - 20 answers
Help me find a satirical blog post I read a couple years ago? It was in "answer" to a beginner asking what camera he should buy, although the beginner was an example of the typical entry-level photographer. [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 9:49 AM PST - 4 answers
I have an iphone. Today I will be getting a MotoX. I don't really know a lot about smartphones in general or Android in general (or hell, even ios really) except that I assume there are going to be a few hiccups in the transition. Help me avoid those hiccups! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:26 AM PST - 6 answers
What's the most unique niche (but still nice-looking) calendar you've seen for 2014? [more inside]
posted by troika at 9:09 AM PST - 25 answers
Evernote's web-clipper is super convenient, but creates clippings in a non-standard format making them tickly to edit and often unreadable when exported into HTML (e.g. for sharing). Any tips for quickly/efficiently stripping off some of the style/formatting kludge? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:49 AM PST - 16 answers
I sold a piece of electronics equipment on eBay for $130. The winning bidder, who has been a registered user of eBay since 2011, has a feedback rating of 1. The buyer promptly paid via Paypal. I dont see any indication that the buyer's shipping address is PayPal confirmed. eBay says I'm eligible for 'seller protection'. Should I ship it? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 8:43 AM PST - 11 answers
Help me interpret a baffling description of how to cut poached pears into six "petals", leaving a core to be filled with frangipane. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 8:07 AM PST - 16 answers
My knowledge of kids' books has an epic gap between "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Harry Potter". I want to buy a couple books for an 8 year old boy. His mom says, "He likes Geronimo Stilton and Flat Stanley; specifically books that mention Japan and/or ninjas." I know he likes Star Wars too. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown at 7:22 AM PST - 26 answers
I need a moderately priced, durable MP3 player that I can dump selected tracks / podcasts from my Banshee library into for my commute. Ideally, I'd like to spend less than $100.
Any advice will be appreciated - I've been trying for 6 months to get Linux and my iPod to play together reliably, and I'm throwing in the towel.
posted by ryanshepard at 6:57 AM PST - 7 answers
At some point in the mid-late 80's, someone snapped a pic of Neil Young wearing an Antone's nightclub shirt. The only version I can find on the internet is very low res & without attribution. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:44 AM PST - 3 answers
I was trying to confirm my cpu information by typing in "grep flags /proc/cpuinfo".
My Cpu is core i5 540M, supposed to be 64 bit I assume since I have 64bit win7 installed.
However, the output is:
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes lahf_lm
It does not has "lm" in it, and according to the sayings online, 64 bit cpu should has this flag.
So what exactly is going on here? Is my cpu 64 bit or not? what's wrong with that command?
posted by pack2themoon at 8:21 PM PST - 3 answers
So, I have only been working at this new job two months, but now I need to leave. For, I think, reasons no sane person would object to. But it's only been two months and the last job was also brief, although again for very excusable reasons. Help me phrase a cover letter? [more inside]
posted by Sequence at 7:30 PM PST - 22 answers
My daughter loves the BBC Kids show The Lingo Show, in which bugs from different countries teach a little bit of their language. She's only seen bits and pieces on YouTube. Is there any legitimate way I can get her full episodes of the show?
posted by musofire at 6:54 PM PST - 3 answers
My dad has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. For many years, our family has played games when we get together and my mom and dad played games among themselves often; they especially enjoyed cribbage. My mom tells me my dad can't play that anymore because he can't sustain the concentration over the course of the game. I'd like to get Dad a game for Christmas that he can play with my mom, or with my mom and sister, who also lives in the town my parents live. It would have to be simpler than cribbage, but ideally something you could still play over and over with enjoyment. I found an earlier question about gifts for Alzheimer's patients and also some resources online for that general question--but haven't found any suggestions for games specifically.
posted by layceepee at 5:18 PM PST - 23 answers
My brother is a vagabond ski-bum, who lives in a tree house in the summer, cooks on a camp stove, and lives off of oatmeal, rice and beans, ramen, cans of tuna, and PB+Js. He does not like "owning things."
I'm going to civilize him a little bit by sending him a selection of spices for Christmas. BUT they need to be able to kept in a backpack or in a shoebox or something, take up very little space and weight. Any suggestions on A. How to package them? and B) Which herbs and spices you think I MUST INCLUDE? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 3:23 PM PST - 25 answers
What specs do I need to look at to find the fastest cell phone charger? [more inside]
posted by n81acc at 12:47 PM PST - 7 answers
My fiancee and I are getting married in April and we're planning to do our first dance to be sort of a last dance (after the parent dances) that kicks off the dance/party portion of the evening. Our dancing will be "fast", a reflection of our fun-loving personalities (and reflection that we met at a bar, dancing), perfect for a fairly rowdy crowd (but safe for all ages), and not requiring anything new to learn. .
Have you done or seen something like this? What tips do you have? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 12:33 PM PST - 11 answers
Due to a series of odd events, I find myself in possession of several cartons of eggs, way more than I will be able to eat over the next week or so. Coincidentally, I will be going to a party on Friday and have agreed to contribute to the "finger-food only" buffet. I have a decent recipe for basic deviled eggs, but what else can I make that can be picked up and eaten without the use of utensils?
I'm a decent intermediate cook, and have access to most ingredients. Both savory or sweet suggestions would be most welcome, as would recipes that don't particularly "feature" the eggs, so long as they get used up. Bonus points for things that can be made today or tomorrow and served on Friday night, although I will have most of the day on Friday to cook if necessary.
posted by rpfields at 12:25 PM PST - 27 answers